Buying a home is a huge decision and an expensive one. A lot of fears come with purchasing a new residence besides simply not being able to move whenever you want. While getting a home inspection is a critical part of the buying process, you may not be getting the whole picture. Some of the appliances may be on their last legs. The following is a list of maintenance items that could cost a small fortune, and ones that homeowners often overlook or plain and simply don’t know about.
Water Heater – Lasts 10 years. Some residences have two. $500 to replace.
Dishwasher – Lasts 9 years. The more features it has the more potential for things to break. $500 to replace.
Garbage Disposal – Lasts 10 years. Lifespan dependent on usage. $150 to replace.
Refrigerator – Lasts 15 years. A broken compressor typically means the end for the unit. Spot repairs on other components are common. $1000 to replace.
Washer/Dryer – Lasts 12 years. Completely dependent on how often it has been run. $600 to replace washer or dryer.
Central Heating & Air – Lasts 18 years. Lifespan dependent on maintenance. $3000 to replace.
Garage Door Opener – Lasts 11 years. Diligence in maintenance to the entire system affects the service life. $300 to replace.
Make sure to check the manufacture date on all major appliances and utilities. Many of them could be on their way out and end up costing you more down the line. Feel free to share any items that are critical to the home inspection process in the comments below.